BMW GINA Light Visionary Model
It’s a transforming BMW – the stunning BMW GINA Light Visionary Model features a moveable lightweight aluminium space-frame body covered by fabric, meaning the Beemer can change shape at the touch of a button. BMW chiefs say the GINA is not a concept in the standard sense, so we won’t ever see this in production form.
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Nissan Pivo 2
Nissan’s new GT-R is picking up accolades everywhere it goes – including setting a Nurburgring lap time quicker than the Bugatti Veyron.
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Judge Dredd Land Rover
Rambo and Rocky star Sylvester Stallone appeared in 1995’s action flick Judge Dredd as the hard-hitting agent of justice in a violent future. And Dredd’s car was equally imposing – Land Rover was tasked with building Dredd’s city cabs, and produced thirty bright yellow beasts.
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Citroen DS Robot
The ‘totemobile’ is a converted 1965 Citroen DS which uses massive electric pumps to transform it into an 18 metre tall totem pole, which Amorphic say is “the final maturation of an enormous biological organism.”
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Car designers take inspiration from all sources – the interior of the new Ford Fiesta is modelled on a mobile phone, the Toyota Auris’ insides were carved according to the Notre Dame Cathedral, and the gorgeous Jaguar XK was modelled on British actress Kate Winslet.
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Milner Motors Air Car
Congestion, jams and stop-start traffic – modern day driving can be a drain on your energy.
Peugeot is renowned for its handling technology and has produced some of the greatest hatches ever, including the legendary Peugeot 205 GTi and the Peugeot 306 GTI-6.
And in 2005, Peugeot’s motorsport division rolled out this three-wheeled 120bhp concept – the bonkers Peugeot 20Cup.
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Citroen unveiled a green supercar at the 2005 Paris motor show – and this is the full working model.
The Citroen C-Metisse features gullwing front and rear doors, a mad interior which Citroen claims “reinforces the sensation of being in a fighter jet”, and a hybrid-diesel engine which returns 45mpg – but still propels the C-Metisse from 0-62mph in just 6.2 seconds.
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Tang Hua Book of Songs
This Chinese car weighs just 500kgs, has two seats, measures 1.8-metres in length, and shares the Tang Hua stable with its brothers:
Featuring signature Hamann black alloy wheels, modified front and rear bumpers, a new exhaust system and bigger brakes, the Hamann-modified 5 Series GT makes an already ‘awkward’ car slightly more vulgar.
There’s no word from Hamann on whether they’ve decided to mess with the engines, so we’ll assume the standard units apply. Which means the modded BMW’s 5 Series GT won’t get many ‘admiring’ glances – because it’s quick.
Like it or lump it – the BMW 5 Series is here to stay. And that means it’s ripe for a bit of modding…
It comes straight out of the box with an award-winning 3-litre twin-turbocharged petrol engine making 306bhp, a 3-litre diesel producing 245bhp and 400lb/ft of pulling power, and a meaty twin-turbo 4.8-litre V8 churning out 408bhp. More than enough power to upset practically everyone.
The BMW 5 series mixes up saloon driving dynamics, a coupe profile and interior space equivalent to Beemer’s groundbreaking X5 SUV.
BMW claim the 5 Series GT is the perfect blend of driver fun and motorway muncher – and we hardly need to explain that they’re sort of good at building great driver’s cars.
By the end of the year, buyers can get their hands on the Mini E. The electric Mini it costs £1.50 to fill from empty and accelerates from 0-62mph in 8.5 seconds.
Sound too good to be true? Unfortunately, the lucky owners will only be able to keep their Mini E for a year, as the cars are being offered as part of Mini’s research into electric vehicles.
The BMW Group which owns Mini has been given a portion of a £25m government grant, enabling it to go ahead with the radical project.
Each car will be built at the Mini plant at Oxford and then shipped to Munich where the electric motor
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Background – BMW 3 Series
The BMW 3 Series is luxury car manufactured by BMW since 1975. It has been produced in five different generations, with five different body styles and is BMW’s best selling car. The 3 Series made BMW what it is today and is the best-selling premium model worldwide. It accounts for some 60 percent of the one million new cars BMW sells each year, and is consistently one of the top two most searched for models on autotrader.co.uk. You can find the Used BMW 3 Series in saloon, coupe, touring or convertible model.
Available Options – Used BMW 3 Sereis
- BMW 3 Series E21 – (1975-1983)
- BMW 3 Series E30 – (1984-1994)
- BMW 3 Series E36 – (1992-1998)
- BMW 3 Series E46 – (1999-2006)
- BMW 3 Series saloon E90 – (2005-date
- BMW 3 Series estate E91 – (2006-date)
- BMW 3 Series coupé E92 – (2007-date)
- BMW 3 Series convertible E93 – (2007-date
Interior Vs Exterior
The 3-series was launched more than 30 years ago but the designers have managed to keep the original’s DNA while ensuring it has a contemporary look. Instantly recognisable signature design features include the twin headlights, rear hockey-stick shaped light clusters and shark’s fin aerial.
Of course the 3-series interior has been 30 years in the making too. 3 series featured a very cool black interior roof, quality leather upholstery (a £995 extra) and M Sport branding on the gear knob and steering wheel. Simple and elegant, the whole interior exudes style in spades. I mean, even the cupholders are classy.
Used BMW 3 Series’ Running Cost
Another area where the 3-series performs fantastically well. A fun to drive car which can carry five in comfort but still returns nearly 50mpg on average ticks all our boxes.
Insurance Group and Tax
It is group 14 insurance, will hold its value, is unlikely to break down and costs £135 a year to tax. Not bad eh?
Air conditioning, CD player, foglights, onboard control, keyless entry and Start/Stop button control all come as standard. BMW 320d M Sport Saloon also features sports suspension, shortened gearshift, illuminated door handles , cruise control, rear parking sensors and superb sports seats.
Used BMW 3 Series – Selling Point
Being a BMW 3 Series. It’s become the most popular car in its class and is, for many people, the vehicle they aspire to. It’s easy to see why with a package which involves great driving, performance, economy, safety and practicality.
Things you might want to know about 3 sereis
- The current BMW 335i SE has a top speed of 155mph and will get you from 0-62 mph in just 5.5 seconds – faster than the original BMW M3 sportscar.
- The 3 Series has been a very successful model for BMW. The car has featured in Car and Driver magazine 17 times since 1992, and this is the only car which features year after year.
- Launched in 1975, the first-generation 3 Series became the best-selling BMW of all time and is now seen as a modern-day classic.
- A BMW 330d M Sport will set you back around £40,000.
How to check a used car – Tips
It’s imperative you check the car thoroughly for any faults or damages.
Follow these steps to ensure everything is checked and covered:
- Never check a car in the dark or in the rain. It will make it very difficult to spot dents, scratches, rust, and a multitude of other defects.
- If you can, take a look at the car before you ring the doorbell. This will give you a chance to look at it without being distracted by the seller.
- Always start the car with a cold engine. This will make it easier to spot starting problems or excessive smoke.
- Crouch down in front of each front wheel and look along the length of the car. Both front wheels should be directly in front of the rear – if they’re not, it could mean the car has been in a crash with a slightly twisted chassis. This is known as crabbing.
- Check the gaps between the body panels are equal – if they’re not, the car could have been refitted badly, or may have been in a crash.
- Take a look at the tyres. Are they in good condition? The minimum legal tread depth for tyres in the UK is 1.6mm.
- Check under the car, beneath the bonnet and the carpet for rust and signs which may suggest the car has been in a crash, such as welding marks.
- When you’re inside the car, make sure the seatbelts work correctly; the steering wheel and dashboard are bolted on correctly. Also make sure the front seats move about properly and all switches work.
- Under the bonnet, look for signs of oil leaks on top of the engine, and underneath. Use the dipstick to check the amount of oil. If the level is low, the owner hasn’t been looking after the car properly.
- Look around the oil filler cap for a white mayonnaise-like substance – this is an indication of a damaged head gasket which can be very expensive to put right.
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The once radical shape of the BMW 5 Series has now matured nicely into a discreet but smart piece of design. In a bid to keep things fresh, BMW has made a few small changes to the latest car. The changes are mainly around its looks both exterior and interior given it a fully grown looks.
The 5 series combines a tranquil high-speed motorway cruise with real enthusiasm for a twisty stretch of road thanks in part to a new six-speed automatic gearbox. It has a firm but absorbent ride and impressive standards of refinement inside the cabin. The front engine wheel drive layout improves weight distribution and with the power being sent rear-wards, the front wheels only need to bother about the turning and providing feedback through the steering wheel.
Now comes the best part of the BMW 5 series cars, the Performance. The 530d has a staggering turn of pace. The introduction of a new automatic gearbox in the most powerful petrol-engined versions has improved economy over its manual counterpart.
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This is the battle going on for years and years. Audi has attempted to claim the crown of ‘Ultimate sports saloon’.
The Munich manufacturer certainly makes a good case for itself – there’s the V8-powered M3 powerhouse, the sleek 6 Series, the stunning new BMW Z4 roadster, and the Godfather of the super-saloon segment…the 507bhp BMW M5.
On the other hand, Audi with its new TT RS debutant at the Geneva has given a great buying option to think at. With the great handling Audi RS4 and the massive Audi Q5 and Audi Q7, Audi has proved it can produce stylish SUV’s.
In the horsepower battle, the Audi S4 gives a tough fight to BMW M3. Some might think that BMW still overpowers because of its great chassis and superior steering wheel. While the S4 with its superior torque thrashes the M3 on in-gear times.
It seems that Audi has hinted BMW that it can give an equivalent sportier car in this performance battle.
The oldest woman to lap Brands Hatch in a 400bhp BMW M3 and the world’s first purpose built 300bhp police
I bet your Gran couldn’t go faster than this Kent veteran – especially in a 400bhp BMW M3 coupe.
Adrenaline-junkie Dulcibella King-Hall wanted to celebrate her birthday in style, and in true petrolhead fashion, headed straight for Brands Hatch and the sensational new BMW M3 coupe. Read more
The first official details of the new longer and wider BMW Z4 have been revealed ahead of its global debut at January’s Detroit Motor Show.
For the first time on a Z4, the new model gets a small 15.5-litre storage compartment behind the driver and passenger seats while the boot varies from 180-litres to 310-litres depending on whether the roof is up on down.
BMW Z4 Car Pictures
BMW Z4 Pictures
BMW Z4 Convertible Car
BMW Z4 Car